Mercyhurst Institute for Art and Culture's 2018-19 Season
A preview of this year's thriving, thrilling, and trailblazing acts
This past year, if you've been looking for something interesting to do around town, you've had options. There are always beer events, cultural festivals, concerts on the bay, celebrations on the beach, block parties (on the … block), baseball games, hockey, imaginative theater performances — in other words, the Erie we have come to know and love. Once a month or so, though, an extraordinary event, something beyond the usual, might have caught your eye.
Mission: Accomplished. And last year's success has set the bar for this upcoming season.
"Because we sold out every MIAC Live performance last season, and received such an overwhelmingly positive response from patrons, the challenge became, 'How do we maintain this level of programming?'" said Brett Johnson, programming director for MIAC.
Scheduling can be a challenge — Johnson tries to finalize the lineup for the upcoming season by the January or February before, as "the performers we bring to Erie are still at the height of their creative powers and have incredibly busy film, television, theatre, and concert schedules." However, the people who comprise MIAC work together as a determined and well-oiled team, and this upcoming season promises showstopper after showstopper.
This comes in a time when schools are forced to cut arts programs or severely limit their budgets, greatly endangering our connection and accessibility to the performing arts, which not only
While Erie might not seem like an obvious destination for a big-name star to come and perform — more like a detour off of a performance in Pittsburgh or Cleveland — Johnson and his team are incredibly proud of the fact that while audiences are wowed by the talent of the artists who come into town, "nearly every performer who walks through the doors of the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center comments on the beauty of the venue and its acoustics." He added, "They also inevitably mention how wonderful our audiences are and how everyone, both on campus and in the community, has made them feel welcome."
That also sounds like the Erie we know and love.
An Evening with Shirley MacLaine
Thursday, Sept. 20
If golden statuettes were the sole indicator of theatrical talent, one would assume Shirley MacLaine — who has nabbed one Oscar and seven Golden Globes throughout her illustrious career — represents the pinnacle of accomplishment. One would, in fact, be quite correct in that assumption. From her first film in 1955 (The Trouble With Harry
Thursday, Oct. 4
An "incredible diplomatic opportunity to represent a broader, more inclusive America … the America which remains the most heterogeneously populated country in the
Vienna Boys Choir
Monday, November 26
The history of the Vienna Boys Choir dates back to the late Middle
Tuesday, Dec. 4
Whether you first saw her beside Steve Carell in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, in her Emmy-winning turn as Sue Sylvester in Glee or, more recently, in her brilliant role as Sophie Lennon in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, you have never seen Jane
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
Tuesday, Jan. 29
Ever take a song you know very well and start singing it in a completely different genre than the original artist intended? (Imagine the 1812 Overture as a swing standard; you can't
Saturday, Feb. 16
Just two days after Valentine's Day, Darlene Love is bringing her joyful gifts to Erie for a perfect date night filled with pop and gospel music. With her successful solo career in the '80s, you might be surprised to learn there is a bevy of pop classics with which Love was associated in the '60s and '70s. As anyone who has seen the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom knows, her name might not necessarily have the immediate recognition that a Dionne Warwick commands, but Love was working just as hard as any of the pop superstars of those days, in a frenzy of recording and performing activity. As one of the most prolific
Golden Dragon Acrobats
Saturday, March 23
In the United States, we can have a difficult time contemplating things that happened 200 years ago, let alone 2,500 years in the past. So it is fortunate when companies like the Golden Dragon Acrobats, who represent a tradition that is 25 centuries old, come through Erie to remind us all of the extraordinary techniques, untold discipline and love of performance that
PigPen Theater Co.
Thursday, April 4
Some really talented artists in the realm of theater and music have emerged from Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama over the years, and the PigPen Theater Co., a group which met there in their freshman year, is no exception — except, perhaps, for the fact that the company blends mediums with effortless panache, and ties it all together with a brilliant, folksy bow. While the PigPen Theater Co.
Thursday, May 2
How do you define "legend?" Easy: check out Patti LuPone's illustrious career and commanding personality. She got her start in the 1970s, after graduating from Juilliard and picking up plum roles in Broadway musicals. She has been attached to some of the most famous and popular Broadway shows ever produced, including Evita, Anything Goes, and Les Miserables
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